A GROUP of former soldiers and their friends arrived at Chester’s Dale Camp after walking 340-miles to raise £30,000 for military charities.
Among their number were former Cheshire Regiment squaddie Colin Bell, 30, who served in Iraq and his brother Graham from Wrexham, himself an ex-Territorial Army private.
The friends were inspired by recent operations in Afghanistan and will donate their sponsorship money to Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion to support the rehabilitation of injured comrades.
Graham, 28, who was a TA soldier with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, said: “The lads got together to do the walk – we all know people out there and some who have not come back.”
The men began their walk in Newport on St David’s Day and arrived six days later at Chester’s Dale Camp which is home to the families of soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan with the first battalion of the Royal Welsh.
Greeted by family and friends, the lads celebrated with a can of beer.
They had walked up to 50 miles-a-day on a route which took in the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia. Some nights were spent under canvas despite the cold conditions.